Disney Junior’s “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” an animated racing series which takes Mickey, his pals and their transforming vehicles on races around the globe, premieres Sunday, January 15 at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers is an adorable cartoon that is completely what kids want. It’s got that action from the cars that transform which is super cool and all a little boy needs. Then it also has Minnie Mouse and her cuteness along with her own desire to race and have fun.
Where did ideas come from?
Rob – We gave Mickey a classic hotrod. It’s his normal car from Clubhouse, and then it turns into this classic American Roadster.
Mark – Goofy’s personality, being so goofy, if his car could transform, what would it transform into? A bathtub! And Minnie being elegant and into fashion, we went with kind of a bow car, but basically the design comes from a French car called a Delahaye that had very smooth curves, and looked kinda like a bow.
Rob – I was just one of those kids my parents didn’t know what to do with, ’cause I was always doodling and drawing. We owned a restaurant, so my father would bring home butcher paper, put it in on the wall, and I would just go crazy, you know, drawing constantly. And it developed into this! So let your kids doodle, that’s all I want to say.”
Mark – I always was drawing when I was a little kid, and, of course, Mickey was one of the first characters that I drew, ’cause he’s all circles, and he was really easy to draw. And later on, when it was college time, I was really interested in being a cartoonist. I went to art school, and I went to film school, and I was bit by the animation bug. And it was really great. Years later, then Rob and I are working at Disney, which was the place that I always wanted to work at.
Building on What Walt Disney created
Mark – This was a character that he held so close to his heart, you know. This was his beginnings. So it’s a real honor to expand Mickey into the future. Walt was a total innovator. Whenever there was a chance to use a new technology, Walt was always the first to experiment with sound and color, and, you know, all kinds of things. I like to think of this as an extension. If Walt was alive today, he would have been the first one to use computer animation. There was a lot of studio people who didn’t want to experiment with computer animation way back when. But I know Walt would’ve charged right into it. He brought us, you know, animatronics, and, you know, all the parks. He was such a thinker that…I love that we can expand on his vision.
I got to see two of the episodes and I really did think it was quite cute. I did notice that it’s not full of educational aspects, there are some but what it does instead is really promotes teamwork. Which is a very important skill that little ones need to learn and here it’s presented in a fun way for them. I see Mickey and the Roadster Racers as being a very successful show on Disney Junior.